'Does Broca's area exist?'. Christofredo Jakob's 1906 response to Pierre Marie's holistic stance

Kyrana Tsapkini, Ana B. Vivas, Lazaros C. Triarhou

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Abstract

In 1906, Pierre Marie triggered a heated controversy and an exchange of articles with Jules Déjerine over the localization of language functions in the human brain. The debate spread internationally. One of the timeliest responses, that appeared in print 1 month after Marie's paper, came from Christofredo Jakob, a Bavarian-born neuropathologist working in Buenos Aires. The present study comprises an English translation of Jakob's 1906 paper and a discussion of Jakob's ideas on the localizationist-holistic approach regarding the role of Broca's area. This issue is still at the core of scientific debate in the light of current neuropsychological and neuroimaging findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)211-219
Number of pages9
JournalBrain and Language
Volume105
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2008

Keywords

  • Aphasia
  • Christfried Jakob (1866-1956)
  • Language areas
  • Localization of function

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Speech and Hearing

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